Frances McMenamin KC

Advocate KC, Black Chambers

About this speaker

Frances called in 1985 after 8 years in the Fiscal Service and has become one of the most senior women and highly respected members of the Criminal Bar.

After serving as junior counsel in the Lockerbie Inquiry, Frances joined Crown Office as an Advocate Depute where she prosecuted many difficult and complex cases involving murder, fraud and drug offences, including the well known appeals of Hoekstra and others.

Having taken silk in 1998, Frances has become recognised as the top female criminal defence counsel, appearing constantly in the High Court, particularly in murder, rape and other sexual offences cases. In addition, Frances was a Board member of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission from 2010 to 2019 and, from September 2020 will be a legal consultant to the Board. She was appointed personally by Lord Bonomy to be a member of his Review Group on Post Corroboration Safeguards ;was appointed to the Lord Justice General’s Criminal Courts Rules Council and appointed by the Faculty of Advocates to serve on many of its Committees, including the Disciplinary Tribunal, Professional Standards Committee and Direct Access Committee. Frances was on the Scottish Government’s Joint Investigative Interviews Governance Group from 2018-1019. Since 2019 Frances has been a member of The Lord Justice-Clerk’s Review Group on the management of sexual abuse cases, and a member of the Police Investigation and Review Commission Audit Committee since 2018.

She has also served as Vice President of The Faculty Criminal Bar Association. She is also regularly in demand to lecture on various topical legal matters.

Her services to the law as well as to her alma mater, the University of Strathclyde, were acknowledged in May 2009 when she was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor at the University.


Celebrating the Power of Legal Careers - 60 minutes CPD

Frances McMenamin KC Ryan McCuaig